Monthly Round-up of Writing Competitions

Check out these inspiring and challenging writing competitions happening over the next few months! Don’t forget you can brush up on your writing techniques with our extensive writing classes, covering skills from poetry to publishing, and beginners to advanced!
Good luck!
The Big Smoke Team


Deborah Rogers Foundation: Writer’s Award 2018 – Submissions 1st October – 15th December 2017
£10,000 will be awarded to a first-time writer, fiction or non-fiction.
Submissions 1st October – 15th December 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018 – deadline 1st May 2017 – 1st November 2017

Open to unpublished or self-published novelists with a work over 50,000 words. Paid entry.

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2018 – deadline August 1st 2017 – 31st January 2018

Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018. Publication on the Prole website. 2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25. Publication on the Prole website.

Greywood Winter Residency Competition – deadline October 15th

Writers of short stories, plays and poetry are invited to submit unpublished works to Greywood Arts new Winter Writing Residency Award. An author from each category will be awarded cosy self-catering accommodation and private workspace overlooking the Dissour River. At the end of each residency Greywood Arts will host an intimate reading in our library where writers can share their work.

Bare Fiction Prize – deadline 31st October

Poems, short stories, flash fiction. The Bare Fiction Prize accepts entries of unpublished work from writers around the world and offers a combined cash prize of over £2500 (approx $3300).

Words and Women Annual New Writing Competition – deadline 15th November

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust. The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies. Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme. 2,200 words. Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

The Book of Kells Creative Competition – deadline 30th November 2017

Trinity College Dublin is calling on the nation to get creative this autumn and be inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. Get your pens and paint brushes out, and write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images from the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Our judges will be looking for modern and innovative interpretations of the Book of Kells from participants.

The Matador Review – deadline 30th November.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly, and are currently accepting work for their seventh issue, the Winter 2018 publication. The call for submissions will end on November 30, 2017. They invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The genres are as follows: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Art.

Doolin Writer’s Competition 2018 – deadline December 1st 2017

Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction and the closing date is December 01st 2017. This year Doireann Ní Ghríofa will judge the poetry competition, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen from Tramp Press will judge the Short Story and the Flash Fiction Category. Meanwhile, Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 2nd-4th February for the 6th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend.

Nature and Place Poetry Competitions – deadline 1st March 2018

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018. As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. The organisers are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.


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